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Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's June 7 sermon ready for download
06/03/2020

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's June 7 sermon ready for download

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has rerecorded her national sermon and Gospel reading to share with the church on Sunday, June 7, The Holy Trinity. The revised video is available now on YouTube (view) and Vimeo (download). Links to the written transcript and videos with subtitles are posted in the video description. They can be found in English and Spanish.


You're invited to the Faith Friday Ask the Experts: Reentry Roundtable, June 12
06/03/2020

You're invited to the Faith Friday Ask the Experts: Reentry Roundtable, June 12

The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in partnership with OSU College of Social Work and Chosen4Change is hosting a reentry round-table discussion about the impact of COVID-19 and specifically those involved in the criminal justice system, as well as their families and the community.


Worship and resources remembering the Emanuel 9 Martyrs and the work that still needs done
06/03/2020

Worship and resources remembering the Emanuel 9 Martyrs and the work that still needs done

On June 17, 2015, Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Lee Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson were murdered by a self-professed white supremacist while they were gathered for Bible study and prayer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (often referred to as Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina.


Sustain the Flame! TLS Summer Seminary Sampler is still going strong...
06/01/2020

Sustain the Flame! TLS Summer Seminary Sampler is still going strong...

On Wednesday June 10th – the topic of Discerning God's Calling will be addressed with Rachel Alley (ELCA Youth Ministry Rep) and Gary Pecuch (SOS).


Air exchange capacity vitally important if considering return to in-person worship
05/30/2020

Air exchange capacity vitally important if considering return to in-person worship

Dr. Passafume also explained that air exchange capacity in the gathering space is a vitally important factor to know because it affects the spread of the virus and the length of time it remains in the space. Subsequently, air exchange has a significant bearing on the effects of singing or other activity in a room.


ELCA reaffirms commitment to combatting white supremacy
05/29/2020

ELCA reaffirms commitment to combatting white supremacy

A note from Bishop Dillahunt and the ELCA Conference of Bishops statement. Please share with your congregations.


Double your gift to LWR to provide needed water to the most vulnerable
05/29/2020

Double your gift to LWR to provide needed water to the most vulnerable

From Kenya to Uganda to El Salvador, something as essential as water is not readily available. And our poorest neighbors — often women and children — must risk their lives hiking miles to collect water. Here's how you can help!


Recording of Bishop's call with rostered ministers and worship directors regarding singing in church
05/26/2020

Recording of Bishop's call with rostered ministers and worship directors regarding singing in church

This call focused on the safety of singing during worship services during the current pandemic. Our guest presenters were Dr. Curt Passafume and Mr. Josh Brodbeck.


Revision of Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline: Digital Town Halls
05/26/2020

Revision of Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline: Digital Town Halls

The committee is seeking input from across this church so the document can better provide clear and uniform application of the rules, protect people from harm and prevent impediments to the proclamation of the gospel.


A special THANK YOU video from Bishop Dillahunt and the staff of the Southern Ohio Synod
05/26/2020

A special THANK YOU video from Bishop Dillahunt and the staff of the Southern Ohio Synod

Bishop Dillahunt and the SOS staff 'gathered' recently to say thank you for all you do to continue the mission and ministry of the Southern Ohio Synod Mission Territory.


Bishop Eaton to share sermon for June 7 worship services
05/22/2020

Bishop Eaton to share sermon for June 7 worship services

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will record a sermon which congregations and synods can include in their worship services on Sunday, June 7, The Holy Trinity. The video will be available to view and download on May 31.


Congregations share their plans for the immediate and longer term future regarding worship--in person and/or virtual
05/20/2020

Congregations share their plans for the immediate and longer term future regarding worship--in person and/or virtual

We thank the congregations who have kindly shared their current plans for 'What comes next' in regard to worship and the life of the church in light of current gathering restrictions and the continued presence and threat of COVID-19 in our communities.


Things to Consider About In-Person Worship During the Pandemic from SOS Bishop's Office
05/16/2020

Things to Consider About In-Person Worship During the Pandemic from SOS Bishop's Office

The following was produced on behalf of the synod by Pr. Larry Donner, Thrive Campaign Director, and the Bishop’s Outside the Box Team. Bishop Dillahunt greatly appreciates their work to pull this document together and hopes it, along with the other resources mentioned in the document, will be of help to you and your leadership team.


ELCA video for synod assemblies 2020
05/15/2020

ELCA video for synod assemblies 2020

SOS assembly attendees would have seen this video from the ELCA on May 16 at Epiphany LC as part of our time together. Please take a few minutes to watch this video with your household and know that even apart we are the Church, and we THRIVE!


New Video Helps Teach the Meaning and Importance of Pentecost
05/15/2020

New Video Helps Teach the Meaning and Importance of Pentecost

A new video posted on YouTube was created by Pastor Pete Rudowski to help your congregation grow in its understanding of Pentecost. This video can be used as part of a Sunday School group or Bible study or as an addition to your current worship plan leading up to Pentecost.


God's Work Our Hands Day of Service September 13 2020
05/13/2020

God's Work Our Hands Day of Service September 13 2020

This year our church — and our world — are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. We miss gathering with family and friends to share God’s love in person. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available through ODJFS
05/13/2020

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available through ODJFS

Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today.


Connect with the 'Connect Retreat' today!
05/11/2020

Connect with the 'Connect Retreat' today!

Watch Gary Pecuch's intro to the Connect Retreat and why your youth should be 'connected' during this time of being apart!


Sustain the Flame! TLS Summer Seminary Sampler is still going strong...
05/01/2020

Sustain the Flame! TLS Summer Seminary Sampler is still going strong...

COVID-19 can’t stop Sustain the Flame. In fact, in this season, God’s blessed a new path for vocational exploration and we’re so excited to share it with you!


ELCA shares updates & resources on COVID-19 related benefits
03/31/2020

ELCA shares updates & resources on COVID-19 related benefits

Many of the CARES Act benefits apply to congregations. The Churchwide organization compiled several resources and explanations of the benefits and requirements of our 501(c)3 congregations.


Coaching for Rostered Ministers during these unprecedented times
03/30/2020

Coaching for Rostered Ministers during these unprecedented times

Pr. Mike Weaver, the Southern Ohio Synod Coaching Coordinator, is offering his coaching services to all SOS rostered ministers who would like some additional guidance as they face new challenges in congregational leadership.


Congregations included in CARES Act benefits-Please read to see how this act impacts your congregation
03/30/2020

Congregations included in CARES Act benefits-Please read to see how this act impacts your congregation

Bishop Dillahunt and our accountant, Joy Hacker, received the following letter from our auditors, Apple Growth Partners, regarding the newly passed CARES Act from the Federal Government. Some of the programs within this act do apply to congregations as 501(c)3 organizations. Please read the following message and connect with your congregation's financial institution and accountant to see how you can help your congregation during this time. Please also share the attached 'Employee Rights' flyer that contains information about paid sick leave for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Updated 3.26.20: Resources from our SOS congregations to help one another during the COVID-19 outbreak
03/25/2020

Updated 3.26.20: Resources from our SOS congregations to help one another during the COVID-19 outbreak

Our congregations and their leaders are developing creative ways to share the Gospel and 'gather' for worship. Look here for resources your congregation can tap into...including online worship services.


Worship resources for SOS congregations during COVID-19 restrictions
03/18/2020

Worship resources for SOS congregations during COVID-19 restrictions

Check here for ways to live stream or record and share your worship with your congregation and others. We are also collecting other worship and study ideas/resources here to help your congregation continue to be together when you should not be together physically.


A note from Bishop Dillahunt: Updated COVID-19 recommendations and actions
03/16/2020

A note from Bishop Dillahunt: Updated COVID-19 recommendations and actions

On March 16 Bishop Dillahunt hosted a call with our rostered ministers regarding COVID-19 actions and recommendations. This is what was shared.